Player Profiles

Nathan                             Pennesi
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Latrobe, Pa.
Height: 5-7
Weight: 133
Sport: Wrestling


At West Virginia in 2012-13
  • Had a team-best 22-11 record
  • Ranked as high as No. 12 during the season
  • Was the team’s lone qualifier for the NCAA Championships, his third consecutive trip
  • Went 1-2 and scored his first career victory at the NCAA Championships, a 5-3 decision over Army’s Connor Hanafee
  • Missed three weeks of action due to a broken left third metacarpal
  • Led the team in near fall points (12), tech falls (4) and victories over ranked opponents (2)
  • Earned victories over No. 19 Trevor Melde of Rutgers and No. 20 Luke Goettl of Iowa State
  • Tied for the team lead in dual meet wins (8) and major decisions (3)
  • Scored eight takedowns, eight escapes, two reversals and 46 dual points
  • Was recognized as a team captain and received the George Nedeff Outstanding Wrestler Award
  • Placed fourth at the Big 12 Championships
  • Placed sixth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and third at the Reno Tournament of Champions
  • Named Second Team Academic All-Big 12
At West Virginia in 2011-12
  • Finished the season with a team-high 29 wins and just 10 losses
  • Was recognized as a team captain and won the Coaches Award
  • Competed at 141 pounds prior to moving to 133 pounds on Jan. 6 against Maryland
  • Earned his second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships
  • Lost close decisions to Navy’s Aaron Kalil and Boise State’s Brian Owen at the national tournament
  • Ranked as high as No. 19 throughout the season
  • Had a team-high 123 dual points and allowed just 45 dual points against
  • Led the team with 54 near-fall points
  • Also converted 24 takedowns during the dual meet season
  • Team leader with four wins by technical fall and 12 wins by major decision
  • Had one win over a ranked opponent
  • Had a 9-4 record in dual meets and a 4-2 mark in EWL dual meets
  • Placed third at the EWL Championships, with his lone loss coming to A.J. Schopp of Edinboro
  • Began the season by winning 10 straight and 19 of his first 21 matches
  • Placed fifth at the Reno Tournament Champions
  • Also placed first at the Navy Classic and the Washington & Jefferson Tournament
At West Virginia in 2010-11
  • Earned a 24-8 record, second-best on the team
  • Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time
  • Came in second place at the EWL Championships, losing a close match to Eric Morrill of Edinboro in the championship match
  • Ranked as high as No. 12 during the year
  • Started every match for the team at 133 pounds
  • Led the team with the most near-fall points (101), major decision wins (11) and tech falls (3)
  • Had the second-best dual record (13-2), winning streak (10), takedowns (57) and tied for second for EWL record (7-2)
  • Earned 44 dual points to his opponents’ six
  • Beat two ranked opponents, No. 8 Kelly Kubec of Oregon State and No. 32 John Trumbetti of Lock Haven
  • Came in second at the Reno Tournament of Champions, falling to No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State in the final
  • Named EWL Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 20 following the event
  • Placed second at the Washington and Jefferson College Open
  • Won his first 10 matches of the year
At West Virginia in 2009-10
  • Redshirted
  • Wrestled at Greater Latrobe High under coach Marc Billett
  • Finished career with a 140-25 mark, one win short of the school’s wins record
  • Two-year captain
  • Member of the WPIAL Dapper Dan All-Star Team
  • Won the 2008 POWERade and King of the Mountain Tournaments
  • Three-time state qualifier
  • Runner-up at the 2009 PIAA State Tournament
  • 2007 sectional champion
  • National Honor Society member
  • Son of Richard, a former WVU wrestler, and Michele Pennesi
  • Birthday is Dec. 12
  • Has one sister
  • Majoring in engineering
  • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
Pennesi’s Career Statistics
Year	W	L	Dual	Conf	Falls	NCAA
2010			Redshirted
2011	24	8	13-2	7-2	0	0-2
2012	29	10	9-4	4-2	0	0-2
2013	22	11	8-2	2-3	0	1-2
Totals	75	29	30-8	13-7	0	1-6

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